Chennai, Oct. 9:
The Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India on October 11 and arrive in Chennai on October 11 afternoon by a special flight. A rousing reception will be accorded to Xi Jinping on his arrival. After his arrival at the airport here, he will straight drive to a luxurious five-star hotel, a few kms away from the Airport, for lunch and will reach Mamallapuram by road.
Security has been beefed up in view of the threats from terrorist outfits to the Chinese President and 10,000 police men have been deployed on security duty. Both Modi and the Chinese President will meet at Mamallapuram on October 12.
Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold talks at the expansive and luxurious resort owned by the Taj Group in Kovalam on October 12. Modi is expected to welcome Xi at Arjuna’s Penance, part of the Group of Monuments declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and take a stroll together.
The two leaders would visit three other monuments – Shore Temple, Five Rathas and Krishna’s Butterball – the same evening. Modi will host a private dinner in honour of Xi on October 11 evening following which the two leaders would hold informal summit the next morning.
While Modi is likely to stay at Kovalam, the Chinese President will be hosted at a luxurious five-star property owned by the ITC Group in the heart of Chennai. After the informal summit on October 12, the Chinese President will reach Chennai and return home the same afternoon.
Xi’s special aircraft will touch base at Chennai at 1.10 pm on October 11 at the Old Airport area after which the Chinese President will be extended a ceremonial and traditional welcome in quintessential Tamil style. The Chennai airspace will be closed 30 minutes before the Chinese President’s aircraft lands in the city and the same drill will be followed while his flights takes off for Beijing too.
Mahabalipuram has been spruced up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi-Jinping meeting. The security has been tightened and the beaches cleared, but amid all this, the water enthusiasts take a blow.
An Air China cargo flight landed at Chennai airport on Tuesday carrying four cars which will be part of the motorcade of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The B747 plane, which landed at 7pm, also brought in other items needed for the Chinese delegation.
The president’s entourage will arrive at 1.30pm on Friday. An hour later, Xi’s aircraft will touch down. He is likely to move to his official car to be driven out to ITC Grand Chola where he will be staying.
The Chinese security teams have briefed their Indian counterparts about their requirements for surveillance and en route security. The Chinese teams will make multiple trips along the route to be taken by Jinping to Mamallapuram where he would hold talks with Modi.
The two leaders are to spend some leisure time together, taking a stroll on the beach and watching some cultural programmes in the 7th century Pallava town. In the meantime, it is alleged that several militant outfits have issued threats to the Chinese President.
The Kanchipuram district collector is said to have received the letters and the Collector has alerted the SP Kannan to step up security measures. It is suspected that Tibetans here might have posted the threat letters. Efforts are on to trace the persons who wrote the letters. The Chinese security officials and the central team also have stepped their security measures.
All lodges and guest houses are being searched by the police. Security has been intensified in the 20-kilometre stretch between Mamallapuram town and Akkarai. Nearly 800 CCTV cameras have been installed across the town as well as on the outskirts for round-the-clock surveillance.
Police teams from other districts have been drafted for security and baggage screening near the UNESCO World heritage monuments in Mamallapuram as well. Apart from regular vehicle checks, anti-sabotage teams have also been surveying the area and checking vehicles at random. Armed guards have been posted near the monuments.
Two dozen sniffer dogs have been deployed for bomb detection. All bridges and flyovers are being checked by bomb detection and disposal teams. A total of 10,000 policemen have been deployed for security. Entry of four wheelers into Mamallapuram has been prohibited.